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Africa quantity surveyors push for uniform building rules

Mr David Gaitho, AAQS president. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Mr David Gaitho, AAQS president. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Quantity surveyors are set to partner with architects, engineers, contractors and the regulators seeking standardisation of the construction industry practices.
Newly elected Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors (AAQS) president David Gaitho says the role of quantity surveyors has evolved as complexity and nature of construction projects keep changing.

Speaking after receiving the association’s leadership mantle from South African Rob Pearl in Kampala, he said Africa is on the threshold of putting together major, unique developments and the innovations in technology expected to bring sharper focus on their work.

He noted that transnational projects like the standard gauge railways and planned oil pipelines had brought sharp focus on project management professionals.

Subsequently the construction industry professionals now more than ever, need to put their heads together.

“Quantity surveyors have increasingly taken the overall project management roles for construction projects and for that reason, the pressure to deliver is now on us. We have to work even more closely with architects, engineers, contractors and the regulators as a key interface with the developers and project sponsors,” said Mr Gaitho.

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